Nova Scotia Wildfires Resources
Posted: May 29, 2023 | Last Update: June 6, 2023
We’re thinking of everyone impacted by the wildfires occurring throughout Nova Scotia and hope everyone remains safe during these uncertain times. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated as fire crews try to control the fires.
Fire Safety at Construction Sites
The following information was distributed by Halifax Regional Municipality on June 1.
HRM is urging those operating construction sites to ensure they follow site safety protocols. At this time, it is particularly critical to:
- Eliminate all ignition sources, such as smoking and open flames.
- Keep main fuel supply stored in approved tanks, located on level ground, and kept away from work areas.
- Park, shut down and cool all equipment prior to fueling.
- Provide continuous fire watch for two hours after construction activities.
- Not to allow brush or other debris to accumulate under or around equipment.
Site operators also have a responsibility to regularly examine construction sites, ensure the early availability of water and firefighting supplies, and train employees in basic firefighting procedures.
Site operators are also reminded to clean up fuel spills immediately using non-combustible absorbing compounds, and to protect high-value special equipment with a fixed extinguishing system.
The Safety Branch of the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration would like to inform workplaces about Heat Stress to ensure that their outdoor workers are protected from heat stress injuries. Heat stress is the buildup of heat in the body to the point where the body’s thermostat has difficulty maintaining normal internal body temperature
Employers need to take important steps and precautions about the weather and understand the heat stress warning signs. Click here to access the PDF Safety Alert on Heat Stress.
Evacuation and Comfort Centres
Tantallon/Hammonds Plains area —
Canada Games Centre, 26 Thomas Raddall Drive
- Black Point and Area Community Centre, 8579 St. Margarets Bay Road
- Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre, 1583 Beaver Bank Road
- John W. Lindsay YMCA, 5640 Sackville Street
- Community YMCA (North End Halifax), 2269 Gottingen Street
Barrington, Shelburne County area —
Evacuation & Comfort Centres:
- Shelburne Community Centre, 63 King Street, Shelburne
- Municipality of Barrington Administrative Centre, 2447 Highway 3, Barrington
Barrington Lake, Shelburne County and surrounding areas —
Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line:
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Peer Support Phone Service:
A toll-free, non-crisis, province wide service, available to all 18 years of age or older.
Access Wellness Nova Scotia:
A free single-session supportive counselling service for individuals, couples or families. Call or visit www.accesswellnessnovascotia.com to book an appointment.
The Canadian Red Cross will be distributing one-time financial assistance of $500 per eligible household.
The assistance is for households that have been ordered to leave their primary residence by emergency officials.
Eligible households can register for financial assistance by:
- Calling 1-800-863-6582 (8am-8pm)
- Online at: redcross.ca
Small businesses impacted by the evacuation orders related to recent wildfires can now apply for support through the Small Business Wildfire Relief Program.
The program will provide a one-time grant of $2,500 to small businesses located in the mandatory evacuation zones related to the recent fires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County.
Applications and information on eligibility are at: https://beta.novascotia.ca/small-business-wildfire-relief-program . Business owners with questions can email SBWRP@novascotia.ca
- types of eligible businesses include restaurants and licensed drinking establishments; fitness, recreational and leisure facilities; independent retailers; wholesale operators; manufacturers; licensed fish processors; personal services; repair services; accommodations; independent gas retailers; self-regulated and unregulated health professionals; live performing arts venues; construction; private daycares
- active charities may also apply
- to be eligible, businesses must have stopped operating because they are within the mandatory evacuation zones related to recent wildfires
- the program is expected to cost up to $1.5 million
- on May 29, the government announced $500 for every household required to evacuate because of the wildfires